Just north of the Armadale ferry terminal in Sleat is the Clan Donald Centre. Here can be found forty acres of gardens surrounding the ruins of Armadale Castle, a selection of waymarked walks and nature trails, and the excellent Museum of the Isles.
The museum is small, modern, simple and very effective. There is no sense of a building full of whatever old stuff is to hand. Instead, it is a well organised chronology of the islands of the west of Scotland, from Viking times to the present day. Unless you are a real expert on the history of this area, you can learn a lot - some of it surprising.
Ornamental pond in the Castle Gardens
The gardens are well looked after in an unfussy way, and take full advantage of the mild climate to grow a selection of trees and shrubs from around the world.
There is a cafe and a gift shop on site too. From 2018 the catering is undertaken by the fine Deli Gasta, Broadford team - so you can get a very decent sandwich at lunchtime. And they also serve tapas on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30pm.